Mattie Tigges selected as NJCAA Player of the Week

Last week, head coach Shelby Forchtner and her Bronco volleyball team went a perfect 6-0. Match play for the week started on Wed. Oct. 17 with a WJCAC conference match on the road vs. Clarendon. After dropping the first set to Clarendon, 25-22, the Lady Broncos stormed back to take the next three for the 3-1 match win, 25-12, 25-21, 26-24. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, the Institute team again hit the road to compete in the Air Force Prep Tri Tournament, in Colorado Springs, CO. There the Broncos took first place, dropping only a single set in five matches, to take the tournament first place trophy. Wins were against Otero Junior College, 3-1; Air Force Prep, 3-0; Adams State University JV, 3-0; Dodge City Community College, 3-0; and Lamar Community College, 3-0.

A huge help in those six wins was the outstanding play of freshman middle, Mattie Tigges. Tigges was a major threat offensively, knocking down 74 kills in 140 attacks for an incredible 0.457 attack percentage, and also served up seven aces. She was also a force on defense, with 12 digs, 3 solo blocks, and 18 block assists. Because of her prowess on the court last week, Cadet Tigges has been selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division 1 Player of the Week for Oct. 15-21. Here’s the link to that article on the NJCAA website: NJCAA Volleyball Players of the Week – Oct. 15-21, 2012. 

“I noticed that [Tigges] stood out at Clarendon,” said head coach Shelby Forchtner.  “She really was the go-to person at that match.  Before the Tri-Tournament we showed her her stats for the match at Clarendon, 23 kills, and encouraged her to continue like that.  She did that game after game up in Colorado and had a really high hitting percentage plus she also had several aces and some great digs on defense.”

Next up for Tigges and the Lady Broncos will be the first of the final two matches on the regular season, on the road yet again in Midland to face the Lady Chaps on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 pm.

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